April 17, 1962

PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Not one of the more urgent questions.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH BE CARRIED ON IN CANADA
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ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY


On the orders of the day:


PC

Heber Edgar Smith

Progressive Conservative

Mr. H. E. Smith (Simcoe North):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of National Defence. Has the government selected the shipyards in which the new general purpose frigates will be built; and if so, what are these shipyards? If not, has the government decided on the method by which the shipyards will be selected?

Hon. D. S. Harkness (Minister of National

Defence): No, Mr. Speaker, the shipyards have not been selected. As I indicated a few days ago, the first of these ships will not be laid down until next year, and in consequence it will be some time before shipyards for this building program can possibly be designated.

As I stated at the same time, on April 12, I believe, the Canadian maritime commission is charged with recommending where naval ships should be built, and the responsibility of awarding contracts for their construction rests with the Department of Defence Production. All shipyards in Canada capable of building ships of this class will be given the opportunity to bid on contract specifications to be issued by the Department of Defence Production.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
Sub-subtopic:   SELECTION OF SHIPYARDS TO CARRY OUT CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM
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TRANSPORT

NEWFOUNDLAND


On the orders of the day:


LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Bonavisia-Twillingate):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Prime Minister whether he expects to be in a position tomorrow to announce the beginning of the transformation of the railway in Newfoundland from narrow gauge to standard gauge, which he promised on his visit to Newfoundland five years ago.

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Sub-subtopic:   RAILWAY CHANGE FROM NARROW GAUGE TO STANDARD GAUGE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate has become a kind of Christopher Columbus recently and has gone out attempting to ascertain what promises we had made. When he got his answer he discontinued his search, because he found we carried out our promises.

With respect to the narrow gauge railway in Newfoundland, that matter, I said, would receive consideration.

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Sub-subtopic:   RAILWAY CHANGE FROM NARROW GAUGE TO STANDARD GAUGE
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

May I ask the Prime Minister a supplementary question. Is the Prime Minister aware that there are only four seats in Prince Edward Island and seven in Newfoundland?

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Sub-subtopic:   RAILWAY CHANGE FROM NARROW GAUGE TO STANDARD GAUGE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, that is the finest revelation of Liberal mentality I have ever heard.

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Sub-subtopic:   RAILWAY CHANGE FROM NARROW GAUGE TO STANDARD GAUGE
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Any other questions?

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Sub-subtopic:   RAILWAY CHANGE FROM NARROW GAUGE TO STANDARD GAUGE
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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming (Eglinlon):

It is cold blooded Liberal expediency.

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Sub-subtopic:   RAILWAY CHANGE FROM NARROW GAUGE TO STANDARD GAUGE
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

Yes, I have several more.

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Sub-subtopic:   RAILWAY CHANGE FROM NARROW GAUGE TO STANDARD GAUGE
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order.

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Sub-subtopic:   RAILWAY CHANGE FROM NARROW GAUGE TO STANDARD GAUGE
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WELLAND CANAL-INQUIRY AS TO ABOLITION OF TOLLS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

William Hector McMillan

Liberal

Mr. W. H. McMillan (Welland):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport. Has the government come to any decision as to the abolition of tolls on the Welland canal?

Topic:   WELLAND CANAL-INQUIRY AS TO ABOLITION OF TOLLS
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PC

Léon Balcer (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Leon Balcer (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, the matter is still under study.

Topic:   WELLAND CANAL-INQUIRY AS TO ABOLITION OF TOLLS
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April 17, 1962